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2023-24 Foundation Directors

The greatest asset of every successful organization is its people. The Quesnel Community Foundation is no exception. 


  Bob Salmons - President 

Bob attended the University of Victoria and BC Institute of Technology before going to work in the pulp and paper industry.  He and his wife Eileen moved to Quesnel in 1972 for the startup of Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company.  He held several positions and was Technical Manager when he retired in 2008. 

Volunteer experience includes many years as a coach, manager and executive with the Quesnel Minor Hockey Association, 18 years with the City of Quesnel's Environmental Advisory Committee, Board member and President of the Bowron Lake Enhancement Society, Board member and President of the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Bob has two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and four grand-kids.  He enjoys golfing and camping in the summer and curling and watching his grandsons play hockey in the winter. 


  Mary Sjostrom - Past President 

Mary and her husband Butch have resided in Quesnel for over 40 years and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Mary is a former Licensed Practical Nurse and owner of Mary's Gifts for 18 years prior to serving 15 years on Quesnel City Council including 9 years as City Councilor and 6 years as Mayor. While serving with Local Government, Mary was elected to the North Central Local Government Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as Director and President and is a Life Member of both organizations.

Mary has always been a Community Volunteer and has served on the Chamber of Commerce, Palliative Care Association, Quesnel Rotary, Shiraoi Twinning Society, BC Winter Games, and Relay for Life. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Governors of College of New Caledonia as Vice Chair of Regions and as Passenger Transportation Board Member. Mary served as a Steering Committee Member for the Quesnel Community Foundation and was very excited to join the Foundation Board and serve as Board President. Mary feels that this is a great way to give back to the Community through this wonderful organization.


 Graeme Armstrong - Vice President

Graeme Armstrong, a Certified Financial Planner was born and raised in Quesnel.  The Armstrong family have lived in the Bouchie Lake area since 1921.  He and his wife Trine have 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 17. They enjoy hockey and skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Graeme has worked as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2008.  He helps local families plan for retirement and the costs of post secondary education.  Prior to this he worked at West Fraser as an accountant.

He has served as director with the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce, including two years as President.  For the last few years, Graeme has been working with the Quesnel Community Foundation Investment Committee. 


 Laurie Rice - Treasurer

Laurie Rice, a Chartered Professional Accountant, has worked in the Agriculture, Oil and Gas, and the Heavy Equipment Sectors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon before moving to Quesnel in 1990.  Laurie and her husband Ed Coleman have 5 adult children that all benefited from growing up in our wonderful community of Quesnel.

She worked for 25 years with School District 28, starting out as an Accounts Payable Clerk and spent the last 10 years as Manager of Finance/Controller, retiring in 2015.

Since retiring from the School District, she has served as Wildfire Business Ambassador and Wildfire Business Transition Program Coordinator with Community Futures North Cariboo.

Her volunteer work includes the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and Daffodil Campaign Committees, President of the Quesnel Ladies Curling Club, and Emergency Support Services.  Laurie is very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Foundation and looks forward to working with the Quesnel Community Foundation team.


  Bob Lebeck - Secretary



 Candice Gibbs 

Candice was born and raised in Quesnel and is proud to call it home. Candice and her husband of 11 years Tim, plan on retiring in Quesnel and enjoying everything the community has to offer.
Candice had originally begun at Willis Harper in 2000 and has now found herself back and taking on an ownership position as of March 2020.

As a business owner, Candice’s passion for Quesnel has encouraged her to expand her business and community knowledge as well as create healthy relationships within the business community.


 Mike Hayman

Mike has called Quesnel home for the last 50 years, working first in the pulp industry as part of the start-up crew at Cariboo Pulp in 1972 and then moving on to an entrepreneurial endeavor as a partner in C & C Wood Products Ltd.
Mike met and married his wife Milvia in Quesnel and together were very active in community activities.  Mike held several executive positions in both Quesnel Youth Soccer and Quesnel Minor Hockey in which their son was involved, as well as coaching and managing teams in both sports.
He was also an active member of the Quesnel branch of Rotary International.
Currently, when he is not gardening, both he and Milvia are avid supporters of their grandchildren's school and extracurricular activities.
As a new member of the Quesnel Community Foundation board Mike is looking forward to working with the community groups whose interests are all working to better the lives of the residents of the Quesnel district.

 Vanessa Salmons 

Vanessa has been a part of the Quesnel community for the past 42 years. Vanessa met and married her high school sweetheart and has 2 wonderful children.
As a Registered Nurse, Vanessa has worked at Northern Health for the past 29 years and currently holds the position of Executive Lead, Perinatal Services for the region.
Vanessa highly regards the Quesnel Community Foundation as accomplishing great things by providing grants and bursaries to non-profit organizations and deserving students. With her children grown and the responsibilities of volunteering in sport and art organizations have passed, she was pleased to offer volunteer services to the Quesnel Community Foundation.
Vanessa states that she is humbled for the opportunity to work with the board and support the community of Quesnel organizations.

 Sandra Lewis - Director

Sandra moved to Quesnel from the coast in 2007, she has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. 

Currently she is the manager of AC&D Insurance since moving here she has been an active member of Rotary and the Quesnel Downtown Association. Sandra also sits on the Board of Directors for the 2024 Winter Games. 

Sandra sees the Quesnel Community Foundation as an organization that all community members benefit from.

“no matter what the obstacles we face here, Quesnel always pulls together to continue to make this a vibrant community.” Sandra Lewis


 Kathy Somerville - Director

Kathy has strong family roots to Quesnel with her Grandpa and Granny Marsh and the Marsh House. Kathy is married to Jim and has two amazing children.

Kathy has been a part of the business community for over 35 years and is invested in this community with a passion for business and the future of our beautiful city. Her career has brought her to managing the Chamber of Commerce and overseeing the Quesnel Visitor Centre

You can find Kathy out camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors throughout the summer and curling or snowshoeing throughout the winter. 

Another passion of Kathys is volunteering. Kathy volunteers with Quesnel Rotary because of what they do for the community and continues to volunteer for the Community Foundation because of the organizations it helps and the dedication to our community. 



Past Directors

Lisa Battram 2015-2018

Brian Black 2014-2020

Deb Burton 2018-2019

Bruce Broughton 2016 - 2020

Gayle Campbell 2017-2020

Dan Canuel 2010 - 2016

Ed Coleman 2020-2022

Alex Coffey 2008-2014

Sheri Coles 2010 - 2016

Dawn Debuc 2007-2008

Marty Duffy 2004-2007

Mel Dunleavey 2003-2006

Randy Evans 2001

Ellen Facey 2002-2008

Francine Gaetz 2001-2004

Margot Gagne 2014 -2017

Brenda Gardiner 2020-2021

Jim Gorsline 2015-2020

Debbie Grantham 2005-2008

Dalton Hooker 2001-2002

Roy Josephy 2009-2015

Shirley Keen 2009-2013

Tobias Lawrence 2008

Gloria Lazzarin 2001-2003

Bob Lebeck 2011-2017

Ray Levac 2012-2015

Chris McIver 2008-2009

Kevin McKelvie 2008-2014

Peter McLoughlin 2013-2015

Adrian Monych 2017-2021

Elizabeth Neave 2002-2008

Bob Norman 2001-2009

Bob Patrick 2001-2003

Brian Rankin 2001-2004, 2006-2010

Ron Rasmussen 2001-2008

John Rousseu 2004-2005

Doug Service 2009-2012, 2017-Present

Ron Silvey 2001-2006

Lorna Townsend 2006-2012

Simon Turner 2008-2010

Peter Walsh 2002-2008

Tom Weckworth 2015-2019

Neal Wells 2010-2011

Heather Wuensche 2012 -2017


 2001 Steering Committee

Francine Gaetz 

Dalton Hooker 

Harlene Hunt 

Bob Jaskela

Bob Norman 

Brian Rankin - Presidient 

Ron Rassmussen 

Ron Silvey

Mary Sjostrom  



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Sustaining Partners

Phone: 250-985-1612
Charity Reg #: 88916 1717 RR0001
Quesnel Community Foundation
Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 4158
Quesnel BC V2J 3J2

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